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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2016
70th Birthday  (9 Answers)

I am taking my in laws to Cornwall next month. They live in Switzerland and have only ever spent a few days in the Uk before. While we are there my father in law will turn 70 and we are looking for something fun to do to celebrate. Any suggestions? Living in a landlocked country they are really excited to spend some time by the sea.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 19, 2015
route trip to Cornwall in April  (23 Answers)

Hi.. I need help and suggestions on a few things. I'll be travelling with my wife and 3 kids (4yrs,2yrs & 1yrs). We be renting a car from Manchester Airport. We be in UK for 8 days and hope to have a wonderful scenery trip there. We have 2 choices either drive up to Scotland or down to Cornwall where I heard loads of good feedback and beautiful places. The only downside is maybe I'll be travelling in early April where weather is either can be very good or very bad.

(1) I was thinking of either 1 or 2 base for accommodation. If possible somewhere middle of Manchester and London. At the end of the trip I need to return to Manchester as our flight back is from Manchester Airport.

(2) Any advice on which route I should take for Cornwall route trip. And how long is the journey

(3) Whats the difference between Cornwall and Scotland. (If any)

Thank you in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 08, 2015
From cornwall to Heathrow  (9 Answers)

In Wales for 5days then driving via west Coast to Penzance. We are walking part of the South West Coast Path ending in Falmouth on Sat 6 th June 2015. We need to be at Heathrow on Mon 8th.
We would like some ideas on where/how to spend these 2 days making our way back to the airport. We will not have a car. We are not keen to spend 7 or 8 hours in a train or bus to London so thought we could see something interesting in the country instead. Had a quick look at Salisbury but weren't oversold on it. ( or maybe it was a poor website). Have previously been to Bath, Windsor etc.
Grateful once again for any suggestions.
Regards. Jenni

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 18, 2014
Car rental pick up and drop off points  (9 Answers)

This is for the trip in March. I want to pick a car up on March 16th from some place along the rail route from London and drop it off at the Newquay airport March 20th. Enterprise had a place in Bodmin but does not allow one way rentals and has no place to drop off at Newquay.

What place can I get off the train and rent a car where I can return it to Newquay airport or where I can get some form of transportation from the drop off point to the airport. Enterprise won't drive more than 10 miles and the airport is 15 miles from Bodmin.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 09, 2014
CLOTHING for mid-Sept. VISIT  (3 Answers)

Hello from Canada!
Hubs & I are visiting England in September & have a 4 day tour of southwest England planned for the middle of Sept.
Can anyone advise what is the most appropriate casual attire for that time of year? Short, capris,jeans or ?
real jacket for warmth? hoodie? Track shoes ok? or something waterproof? I know the weather changes quickly but like all females, I like to get some advice from those who have gone before me.
Much thanks,
Chris in Canada

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 23, 2014
Cornwall in winter  (4 Answers)

My husband and I are planning to visit Cornwall and Devon for 2 weeks in late December 2014 and early January 2015.
We will be driving from the Nth West of London and would like to include stops in Portsmouth, Salisbury and Bristol on our way to and from London. At this stage we are thinking that we will spend 3 or 4 nights in Penzance, but would like advice on a workable itinerary, bearing in mind the short days and the winter weather! We enjoy less touristy destinations and would like to take in both the coast and moorlands, including some scenic, but not too strenuous walks.
Hoping someone can help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2014
holiday with 1-2 yr old  (4 Answers)

Dear all, a friend of mine from Germany just mentioned that she'd like to visit Cornwall this year. She worries it would be too stressful and expensive with the long journey and a little girl, about 18 months old. I'd like to reassure her, having had a brilliant time there last year in Penzance. But I guess much of what I enjoyed, including the sleeper train, wouldn't be so easy with a baby!! And they'd be travelling from Germany. So I thought I'd just try asking if anyone more clued up than me has any advice / recommendations? L

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2014
Holliday in Cornwall on june 2014  (8 Answers)

we leave in France and we plan to go on Holliday in Cornwall on June 2014. Do you think it make sence after the very catastrophic Weather and all the destroyed landscape they had.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 23, 2013
South west England  (8 Answers)

we (couple) a doing a 5- day trip from London on Easter and I cant deside what sites to visit- I want a mix of ancient and historical buildings and nature. And I'd like to see the places of King Arthur too. I thought to visit Bath and Wells and from there go to Tintagel Castle. Is Tintagel Castle worth a trip specifically ? May be another ideas? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 04, 2013
Advice on good places to visit in cornwall  (11 Answers)

I am looking to go to Cornwall for 2 weeks in the spring of next year by myself and traveling by car. I am interested in seeing the heritage of Cornwall, as well as gardens, museums and natural sites (waterfalls, caves, woods). I am also interested in visiting towns that are 'traditionally cornish' as opposed to overly touristy. I would like to get a feel for the real Cornwall while I am there, instead of just visiting all touristy places, I would love to see Cornwalls natural beauty and learn about its heritage. Any suggestions for places to go or things to see would be much appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2013
Best time to leave to drive to Cornwall  (7 Answers)

Heading from Bedforshire to Redruth on Saturday 31st August - anyone done this at this time of year? Im hoping it'll be quieter as right at the end of the school holidays Im happy to leave early as I really dont want to get stuck in hours of traffic... please advise!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2013
Best Tourist route round 'Cornish Alps'  (1 Answer)

I would hate to drive round the china clay area, near St Austell, not know where the best vantage point was for photographs. I have looked at some spectacular photos in books but they don't say exactly where they were taken or if there are any access restrictions. Can anyone help?
Also, is there more than one access road (gate) to the Eden Project or does everyone have to approach from the same side?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 17, 2013
self catering accomodation & hiking  (9 Answers)

can anyone recommend where in cornwall would be suitable for hiking. unfortunately due to health reasons arent able to travel to our usual Bernese Oberland boo hoo. Also any suitable s.c apartments/cottages

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 09, 2013
Cornwall for kids  (8 Answers)

I'm looking for the best place in cornwall for kids 5yrs and 6months it won't be in the school holidays and was hoping to stay in a holiday park. I have been to cornwall but only looe and liskeard and lands end which I thought was a waste of time. How is lizard point area or Penzance or st Ives for kids

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 04, 2011
So many wonderful towns...................  (6 Answers)

OK, this may seem like a repeat of a similar question, but bear with me. We are two couples age 69/70 (but we're lively.) We want a self-catering accomodation, preferably with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths (at our age we need a little more privacy). We'd really like to not have to drive on the "wrong" side of the road (to us), and thus avoid a possible accident. But we don't want to stay in too large a town and want to have access to coastal paths and beautiful scenery. We'll probably go around the second week of September.

So many of the Cornish towns look so wonderful, but I know once we get there we'll find that only a few fit the bill mentioned above. So.........what would VTers recommend? Can we find what we want in the Doc Martin town (Port something) or Mousehole? Is Penzance too big? Any advice? I've read the Cornwall section and got some very good info, just want more. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 31, 2011
25th Wedding anniversary dinner  (3 Answers)


We are staying in Porthleven (yes, again) in the near future and during the stay, we will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary (wedding seems like yesterday). Any ideas on a nice restaurant to have a nice meal (for 4 people! - the in-laws are with us and it will be their 48th anniversay on the same day). Oh, and we don't particularly like fish - yes, I know it is strange to go to stay in a harbrour town and its associations with sea food but we don't go for the food, well, not much anyway. Have car, willing to travel out but obviously not too far!

Thanks for any replies.


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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2011
South West England  (5 Answers)

My wife and I have 2 weeks in a rental car going round the south west starting and finishing in Southampton in July before joining the Celebrity Eclipse cruise into the Baltic.
We would like any tips on routes to take and recomended B&Bs / Farm Stays along the way. We want to avoid motorways as much as posible.
We realize July is peak season so if you know of places that wont be too crowded would be great!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 08, 2011
1 day pottery class in or near Daymer Bay, Cornwall  (2 Answers)


I'm going to Daymer Bay, Cornwall, in a couple of weeks and would love to attend a pottery class one day whilst there. I want to make something and be able to finish it and bring it home. There's very little info I can find online about 1 off classes... would anyone be able to recommend either a class or who I can contact that may be able to help?

I have a car so driving distance wont be a problem.

Many Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 10, 2011
From United States  (4 Answers)

Hi, I'd like to visit Cornwall in the spring. The only way I know of getting there would be to fly into London and take a train to Penzance. Is there an airport closer to the area that I could fly into, without it costing an arm and a leg?

Thank you for any help you could offer!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 12, 2010
Accommodation  (11 Answers)

Dear Cornwall memebers,

Please help me in getting an accommodation in Cornwall area for the August bank holiday for 3 nights. We prefer the self -catering apartment as I am taking my parents this time. I see many websites, but all of them are for long breaks and everyone has hiked the price sky high. :( Everything is booked well in advance, and I think we are too late.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2010
Recommended maps for Cornwall?  (9 Answers)

My wife and I are off to Cornwall in September - nothing is booked as we intend to tour-around and use B&Bs.
The only definite things on the agenda are the Eden Project and St Michaels' Mount - otherwise we will go where the fancy takes us!

I usually buy an OS Map (Ordnance Survey) of the area we stay in but because we are travelling about and have no firm destinations in-mind, it would involve buying 4 or 5 OS maps and cost rather a lot of money. Annoyingly, some of these maps are over 50% sea!

I know there are OS regional maps of National Parks etc but I cannot see one for Cornwall.

I do have a motorsists' map which will be fine for travelling, but I rather like to look at a bit more topographical detail or footpaths etc so that if we do end-up on a nice coastal path, for example, we can set-off reasonably easily.

Have any of you got any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2010
St Austell to Penzance  (3 Answers)

How long will it take to drive from St Austell to Penzance on a Sunday in early May. I have a very tight schedule to stick to but wanted to see St Michaels Mount. My dentist is from Devon and she said when she lived that way it could take a couple of hours.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 06, 2010
simple self catering in Cornwall?  (4 Answers)

I hope someone can help - I've been looking for a very simple self catering accommodation - we don't need any luxury only 2 bedrooms (2 friends) and simple facilities. Is there such an accommodation to be found? The location doesn't matter so much as we will have a car. But I don't seem to be able to find the sort of simple thing (and therefore cheaper...) I was hoping for. Any ideas? Thank you all beforehand!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2009
rick steins fish and chip restaurant  (3 Answers)

I am trying to obtain a copy of the sample menus for the above establishment as we are holidaying there in a few days time. Unfortunately my computer won't allow me to do it. Does anyone have anny suggestions on how I can obtain copies.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2009
Penwith Radio / Analogue Island - is this excellent station here for good?  (2 Answers)

I've been going to Cornwall, and West Cornwall in particular, for the last 8 years. I was last there in early May and heard the new Penwith radio station. I think it's a community radio station that broadcasts online. They have some really friendly and useful content for visitors to and residents of West Cornwall as well as local info etc - plus an amazing music show called Analogue Island that seems to discover new music from around the world - stuff I've never heard on the mainstream radios.

The info online is quite scant as their website seems to be simply a front page allowing access to the station.

Does anyone know anything more about this station? Or what there plans are - is it a one short term project or is it here for good?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 18, 2009
2-3 days in Cornwell  (5 Answers)

Aft some researching, i realised that a day trip's not enough to see the beauty of Cornwell, so i've decided to stay for 2-3 days in Cornwell. Could anyone recommand the best sights where i can see the best of corn well. I would most likely be visiting Tintagel and probably a play at Minack the open air theatre... the views i've seen on the net so far are superb! Are there any more places which i should not miss while i'm there? I was thinking of a walking tour or it would be sufficient to jus wander about myself and jus lose myself in the beauty of it all? And would it be easy to get ard in Cornwell using public transport? Cos i would not be renting a car... Thank in advance!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2009
How Big a bite can we take?


Can't wait to visit this lovely part of the world over the Easter weekend! Trying to finalise the itinerary - have tried to group it geographically, but it's looking like there's too much to fit in.

Can you please give your opinion about what is manageable (travelling with young kids, but they are quite portable)? We're staying in the Redruth area and are focusing on the Far West areas. Interested in:

* Checking out the Towns of Penzance, St Ives, Mousehole, Land's End (quick stop at Men-an-tol) - enjoy the streets and buildings, EAT!, check out the shops

* Ancient sites: Merry Maidens, Carn Euny, maybe Chysauster?

* Minack Theatre in daytime

* St Michael's Mount - try to catch Easter Sunday Service

* Tintagel Castle, but looks like it is 1hr+ away.

* sit and stare and enjoy all of the natural beauty as well - beaches, cliffs, beautiful countryside...

SO! What can we really fit in without turning the weekend into our own amazing race? Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 22, 2009
Cornwall 4 days trip  (6 Answers)

Hey All,

4 of us are planning to visit Cornwall for first time this April and would like to know what would be the best beaches/scenary places to visit? We are not into surfing/sports and would like to visit nice/warm sandy beaches which has scenic beauty...Can somebody suggest on how we shld plan and what all places/beaches we should visit?

Thanks in Advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 13, 2009
Where to base ourselves for a 6 night visit to Cornwall?  (8 Answers)


My husband and I are planning on spending 6 nights in Cornwall in late April.

We will be driving down from London, and looking to base ourselves in two or three different places during our stay. We are interested in exploring villages, admiring scenery, eating well, and staying in some nicer-than-average accommodation.

Any suggestions on which villages/towns would make good bases for exploring the surrounding areas?

(Any special accommodation or dining recommendations appreciated too)

Thanks very much in advance for any advice you experts can offer!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2008
alan  (2 Answers)

Wondered if anyone has a static caravan or knows anyone who has a static caravan in cornwall to rent for a week from sat 23rd august 2008.Must not be to expensive i am flexable on location .Open to offers.
Many Thanks

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